Review: The Last Act may center around a murder but there’s more to this so-called short film than the 12 clues that surround this crime. Starting with a cop interrogating a play’s director (Saurabh Shukla) this thriller begins to grip you from the first scene itself. If only it could sustain your interest throughout.
While the concept of The Last Act is novel, after watching this film one also comes to the conclusion that filming movies with multiple stories is truly an art – one which even Anurag Kashyap and team have certainly not mastered.
However, if there’s one thing that’s remarkable about this venture is that each little story (there are 12 clues in 12 cities) is reminiscent of the city against which it is set. Each character is brought to life, be it the lazy cop in Kolkatta who’s never asked for a promotion or the abstract bohemian cop who simply can’t get enough of the case and endlessly discusses the case with his partner. The audience may never see Ms Prachi Pathak in Tejas Joshi’s film, ‘Mystery Woman’ set in Kalyan but we still know that she goes by two sir names, wears spectacles, etc.
Sadly, despite it’s strengths, the film is extremely vague and hardly even motivates you to what links these 12 clues. In fact the identity of the person who leaves these clues is given away in the beginning itself. By the second half of the movie, all you want to do is curl up in a blanket and snooze..
Which is upsetting because the movie gave 12 debut directors a chance, 12 debut directors implies 12 fresh new ideas. Instead, these multiple stories and it’s screenplay only leave you confused. The minute you gear yourself to connect the dots, you exasperatedly give up in a matter of minutes because there are far too many details that have been squeezed into 120 minutes.
To make matters worse, none of the 12 directors have ever met which is precisely why the film hardly makes any sense!! Honestly, Mr. Kashyap, the next time you get directors together, the least you could do is ensure they are a wee more coordinated and in sync with each other.
Verdict: A creative, unmemorable hotchpotch you can manage to miss.
Release Date: Dec 14 2012
Language: English, Hindi
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Saurabh Shukla, Asif, Basra, Shreyas Pandit
Writer: Asmit Pathare
Director: Asmit Pathare